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Tigers Rout Lady Govs 10-1
Saturday, March 28, 2009

Clarksville, Tenn. --- In a game that had over a two hour rain delay, the Tennessee State University softball team fired off 11 hits on the way to a 10-1 rout of Austin Peay Saturday evening in conference play.  The game ended in the sixth inning because of the mercy rule.


Tennessee State improved to 12-13 (4-3 OVC) while Austin Peay fell to 6-23 (0-6 OVC).


Caitlin Eaton (8-6) picked up her eighth win of the season holding Austin Peay to only one run and three hits.


Jennifer Culberson, Christy Hill, and Melanie Cruz each recorded two hits for the Tigers while Brittany Webb, Christy Hill, and Royesha Goodman led TSU with two RBI’s apiece.


Despite small scoring threats from both teams early on, neither team posted a run through the first two innings. In the bottom of the third, however, a lead off walk coupled with a single to right field got Austin Peay on the board, 1-0.


Shortly after that, the game was delayed due to the lightening and the rain in the area. The game resumed two hours and eight minutes later with Austin Peay still at bat but Eaton popped Ashley Taylor up to end the inning.


TSU evened the score, 1-1, in the top of the fourth behind three APSU errors. Tamara Perkins reached first on a fielder’s choice. Christy Hill then got on first on an error by the short stop and Perkins moved to second.


Royesha Goodman was the next TSU player to get on base following another APSU error as Hill and Perkins advanced to second and third, respectively.


With two outs and the bases loaded, Austin Peay committed its third error of the inning, leading to Perkins plating for the Tigers. On the ensuing batter, the Lady Govs were finally able to field a ground ball to get out of the inning.


The TSU bats came alive in the top of the 5th as the Tigers tallied four runs, off of two hits and one APSU error. Culberson walked then stole second to lead off inning. She later advanced to third on ground out by Bridget Metzger. Brittany Webb then reached first on another error by the short stop.


Kelly Troglin came in to run for Webb and following Caitlin Eaton’s intentional walk to load the bases, Christy Hill singled up the middle to plate Culberson and Troglin. Royesha Goodman then doubled to left center to score Eaton and Hill to give TSU a 5-1 lead and force an APSU pitching change. Pitcher Ashley Bolda popped up Jalisa Bradley to get out of the inning without any more runs scoring.


Tennessee State, however, continued its offensive onslaught in the top of the sixth, using seven hits to tack on five more runs in the inning. Back-to-back singles from Melanie Cruz and Jennifer Culberson got things started. Bridget Metzger then doubled to left center to score Cruz. Brittany Webb answered with a double to center field to plate Culberson and Metzger.


This forced yet another APSU pitching change. The ensuing batter, Eaton, singled up the middle to score Webb before Perkins popped out in foul territory for the Tigers’ first out of the inning.


TSU added two more runs when Goodman and Hill crossed the plate on a double from Jalisa Bradley.


With TSU leading, 10-1, in the bottom of the sixth, the game ended due to the mercy rule.


TSU and APSU will meet tomorrow for a doubleheader. The first game will kick off at 12 p.m